The pragmatic aspects of linguistic negation: Speech act, argumentation and pragmatic inference

Argumentation 6 (1):51-76 (1992)

Jacques Moeschler
University of Geneva
This paper is an attempt to give a general explanation of pragmatic aspects of linguistic negation. After a brief survey of classical accounts of negation within pragmatic theories , the main pragmatic uses of negation are discussed within relevance theory. The question of the relevance of negative utterance is raised, and a general inferential schema is proposed and tested for the main uses of negation discussed in the paper
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